Sharing with Duckie Deck

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Inventive mini-games show why it's fun to share.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to identify emotions in others, feel empathy, and experience sharing in different situations. Though emotional intelligence is hard to teach and measure, it's easy for kids to understand what it would feel like to be the only one without a piece of cake or to have the one toy you don't want to play with. The expressions of the characters in-game help to highlight those emotions, and some adult support can help kids put a name to those feelings. There also is room for creativity, as well as for the use of critical thinking and memory. Sharing with Duckie Deck offers some innovative opportunities for kids to practice sharing and friendship-building that they can carry into the real world.

Ease of Play

Though there's no guidance for kids about what they should do, the controls are simple, and kids will intuitively understand what's next in most cases.

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During testing a link to a new app appeared for a limited amount of time and was visible throughout gameplay.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sharing with Duckie Deck is a collection of activities about sharing for young kids. Though the six activities are geared toward solo play, there are other kids portrayed in the app who cheer for each other and celebrate when food and toys are shared equally. There is no dialogue, written or spoken (other than "yum!" and "yippee!"), but most kids will be able to get around without much assistance. Some may need some help to figure out exactly what to do, but most kids will figure it out through exploration. Within the parent section are descriptions of the games and lots of ideas about helping your kid to share. Though normally there are no links to other apps, during testing one appeared around the release of a new app. The linked icon appeared throughout the entire game, so kids could easily tap on it. Future releases may mean that a link will appear again.

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What's it about?

SHARING WITH DUCKIE DECK is a collection of six activities geared toward toddlers and preschoolers. Kids can enjoy "sharing" toys with characters in the app based on their preferences (shown in idea bubbles above their heads), decorate a cake and cut it up, and dole out pancakes and cake slices evenly among the other kids. No one is happy until everyone gets a piece! As the in-game characters cheer them on, kids can play a one-player memory game. They also can trace and paint a picture, but they can't save their artwork. Each time kids complete an activity, they are awarded a sticker, which can be arranged and rearranged.

Is it any good?

Sharing with Duckie Deck is a colorful and interactive experience for little ones. Kids will find a lot of things to click on and explore throughout the activities, and they'll enjoy finding all the surprises as they play. The in-game kids are encouraging, with plenty of cheering when things go well. Their facial expressions are very clear, so even young kids can tell when they're happy (everyone is sharing!) or sad (someone got all the pancakes!). Parents will like the explanations of the games and the information about helping kids to share.

If there's a failing, it's in the drawing activity: Kids have to trace a picture they select, but any swipe on the screen counts as tracing in the game. Also there are no options for painting tools, brush sizes, paint buckets, and the like, making it difficult to paint the way you might like, and you can't save your work. Otherwise, this is a good introductory app for younger kids who want to explore freely but who also do well with a slightly guided activity. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about sharing. What types of things do you share? With whom do you share? How does it feel when someone doesn't want to share? Is it ever OK not to share?

  • Talk about friendship. How do you show you're a friend? What are things friends might do for each other? What are things you would not want a friend to do?

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